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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind 2017 Thor Miramar RV

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Hello, I do have a 2017 Thor Miramar and want to flat tow my 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. What items do I need?

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A great place to start your flat towing preparation process is the linked article that covers each of the components required for safe and legal flat towing behind a motorhome RV. Additional articles on specific items are also included for you.

Another place to do some checking is your Jeep owner's manual. Not all versions can be flat towed. The online manual for the 2016 Cherokee indicates on page 604 that only 4WD models with the 2-speed transfer case can be flat towed. 2WD versions and versions with the 1-speed transfer case cannot be flat towed. Your local dealership can run your Jeep's VIN to confirm its equipment. We'll assume for now that your Cherokee is towable.

Starting with base plates for the Jeep Trailhawk, I suggest the Blue Ox kit # BX1136 which has removable arms. An install video is linked for you. The Alpha tow bar # BX7380 that you referenced is an excellent choice since it includes the required safety cables.

For a wiring/lighting kit you can go the easy and inexpensive route with magnetic lights like # TL21RK, you can install a diode kit like # RM-15267 or you can use a custom plug-and-play harness kit # HM56208. The linked article may help you decide which you prefer.

For a braking system I highly recommend the portable and wireless Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR. If you use magnetic lights you do not need the relay kit # RM-88400 but you do need it for all other lighting options. The Patriot II requires NO permanent mods to the towed vehicle and it easily transfers to your next toad when the time comes.

You will also need a high/low hitch adapter to keep the tow bar level. Tow bars work best when dead level so a hitch adapter like # BX88130 is often needed. All such adapters are linked.

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